Community & Coaches vs. Cancer 2019 Gala


A fundraising event for American Cancer Society’s Community & Coaches vs. Cancer

Event Information

6:00pm Friday, March 29, 2019

Join the American Cancer Society in remembering the lives of those lost to cancer and celebrating the lives of cancer survivors.

With the purchase of a Candle of Hope, you will directly support groundbreaking cancer research, supporting education and prevention efforts, providing free information and critical services for people with cancer who need them, and fighting back through public policy efforts.

Last year, over 141 Candle of Hope donors generously gave more than $7,050.00 in support of the event, which in total raised over $52,000 for local impact on cancer support and research.

Event Details

Join us and musical guest SPLASH for our annual Candle of Hope Gala!

Date: Friday, March 29th

Time: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm 

Location: Ithaca Country Club - 189 Pleasant Grove Road, Ithaca NY

Dress Code: Diamonds & Denim - see inspiration below!

Candle of Hope

When you purchase a Candle of Hope ($50), you will be entered into a drawing for prizes with amazing values listed below. Purchase your Candle of Hope today!

Weekend in Washington

Enjoy a 2-night weekend stay at the historic and elegant Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C. Your stay also includes a buffet breakfast.

Leave Your Heart in San Fransisco

Enjoy 2 nights in beautiful San Francisco at the Hadley Union Square Hotel and 2 tickets to a San Fransisco Giants baseball game are included.

Escape to Skaneateles

Enjoy a relaxing weekend at award-winning Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Skaneateles, NY. You can use the gift certificates toward room accommodations, dining room, wine bar, or spa treatments during your stay.

Fore Golf Outing

Win a chance for your foursome to play in the Ben Mintz/CFA Golf Outing on August 3-4 with golf passes & lessons, as well as invitations to the Friday night cocktail party at Schoelkopf and lunch and dinner at the Country Club of Ithaca.  Sponsored by the Cornell Football Association.

Cornell Hockey VIP

Experience dinner for 4 at Taverna Banfi's, in addition to 4 VIP tickets to a Cornell Hockey game, and an autographed jersey. Go Big Red!

Feeling Fine in 2019

Win a 1 year membership to Island Health and Fitness as well as a special gift package from Rasa Spa.

Winter in NYC

Experience an overnight stay for 2 at a premier hotel, 2 tickets to the Cornell vs. Harvard hockey game, lunch for 2 and round-trip transportation for 2 on Cornell's Campus-to-Campus express service coach are included.

Saratoga Red White & Blue

Win 2 tickets to the American Cancer Society's Red White & Blue Party in Saratoga Springs, NY on June 28 with hotel stay included.

Escape to Myrtle Beach

Enjoy 3 days and 2 nights at the Sands Ocean Club Resort in beautiful Myrtle Beach for 4 people. Includes room and breakfast each morning.

Read About the ACS Local Impact

The American Cancer Society is the largest voluntary cancer fighting organization in the world and, through our research program, have been involved in every major cancer breakthrough in the last century. As an organization with over 2 million volunteers the American Cancer Society is committed to a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer. The Society relies on the strength of these millions of volunteers and the support of professional staff to drive every part of our Mission. The American Cancer Society aims to eradicate cancer by helping people Stay Well by helping cancer patients Get Well by Finding Cures and by Fighting Back.


Since 1946, Cornell University has received over 28 Million dollars from the American Cancer Society in research grant funding. Currently, Weill Medical College of Cornell University has $1,047,500 split between 3 grants from the American Cancer Society.

Under the guidance of Cornell University’s Dr. Robert Weiss, four Cornell University graduate students will be selected to participate in a Scientific Poster Competition, at the gala. Each student will be interacting with the gala guests, explaining to them their work and how it may influence cancer research. A judging panel of Cornell’s professors/researchers will select one student to be awarded the Cornell Research Award and $500 prize as the highlight of the evening’s event. This is a great way for Cornell University to showcase its research impact and engage with the community.

Patient Services

For nearly 1.7 million cancer patients diagnosed this year and more than the 15.5 million US cancer survivors the American Cancer Society is there every step of the way. Whether it’s providing emotional support, the latest cancer information, or a home away from home when treatment is far away, we’re here when you need us.

Our 1-800 number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and our website,, are two services that are available to patients and their caregivers right from the comfort of their own home. They provide free information on all types of cancer, treatments, drugs, therapies, clinical trials, where to get second opinions, and any type of support and assistance a cancer patient, or caregiver may need.

Hope Lodges are comfortable “homes away from home” where cancer patients and their caregivers can stay without cost while they are being treated. Hope Lodges provide patients and their caregivers an environment of support with a homelike experience in a time of turbulence. In New York State, there are Hope Lodges in Manhattan and Rochester. We also provide hotel lodging in many cities where Hope Lodges are either not available, or are full.

Road to Recovery provides free rides to cancer patient who otherwise would have difficulty getting to their medical appointments. Trained volunteer drivers donate their time and their vehicles to help patients get to the treatments they need.


The American Cancer Society remains a strong collaborator with Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca. As a community partner, the ACS has assisted Cayuga Med to achieve and maintain its Commission on Cancer accreditation resulting in a higher standard of care for the region’s cancer patients. You can learn more about that accreditation here:

Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative – The American Cancer Society continues to promote life saving colo-rectal cancer screenings in partnership with the CDC, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and over 1500 organizations nationwide in the 80% screening initiative, which seeks to increase colorectal cancer screening rates to 80% through education and community outreach efforts.

HPV Vaccination - The American Cancer Society has undertaken a national initiative to increase HPV vaccination rates to dramatically reduce cervical cancer and other HPV related cancers in our communities. This groundbreaking vaccine can potentially eradicate cervical cancers if proper vaccination protocol is completed.


On the national level, just last year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network was instrumental in increasing cancer research funding for the first time in the last 10 years. We continue to advocate for multi-billion- dollar funding increases for lifesaving cancer research.

On the state level, our advocacy agenda supports: -

  • All of the Cancer Service Programs that are within each county, including Tompkins, Schuyler and Cortland County. This program has a direct impact on providing cancer screening service to uninsured and or underinsured individuals in your community for breast, cervical and colon cancer. Our legislative request is to increase this funding to $25.3 million dollars.
  • Increasing the tobacco control program funding to $52 million, which will help those addicted to tobacco, and to provide programs to keep kids from beginning this deadly addiction. 
  • Raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 years of age. The American Cancer Society provided key testimony for passage of “T21” in Cortland County during 2016, making it the sixth municipality in New York State to adopt this important legislation. To date, nine counties and all of NYC have passed T21, covering a majority of New York state residents.

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